Intralearn Software Announces Microsoft Azure Certified SaaS Application For NanoNotion

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Below is our recent interview with Jerry Goguen, CEO & CTO at Intralearn Software:

Jerry Goguen

Q: You’ve recently announced an enterprise-class add-on to NanoNotion, a Microsoft Azure Certified SaaS application; could you tell us something more?

A: Our new enterprise add-on further leverages the concept behind our cloud-based NanoNotion application. NanoNotion helps to capture into “Notions” the vast quantities of innovative ideas and informal and institutional knowledge that lie unused, inaccessible, and under-appreciated, and is often lost across an entire organization. Internal wisdom of the crowd is then harnessed to share, surface, and magnify ideas and knowledge. The add-on includes anonymity; group features; hashtags; favorites; browser extension; enhanced confirmation methods, commenting and collaboration; and more.

Q: What are the main benefits of NanoNotion?

A: NanoNotion is a win-win for both users and the organization. It helps users by encouraging idea and knowledge sharing with the ability to use intelligent knowledge bookmarking, being recognized and rewarded for their contributions and sharing, and giving users a sense of being valued by peers and the organization. It helps organizations to retain employees, surface innovations, collect suggestions digitally, minimize the loss of institutional knowledge when people leave, and access valuable decision-making metrics.

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Q: Could you provide our readers with a brief introduction to Intralearn Software?

A: Founded in 1994, Intralearn Software is an innovator and pioneer of applications for knowledge, including rapid creation, delivery, collaboration, learning, management, and measurement. We take pride in making affordable technology with turnkey offerings that leverage the infrastructure and technology of Microsoft Software. Our software products are used worldwide by associations, corporations, educational institutions, and non-profits.

Q: Jerry, tell us something about your background. What were you doing before you started Intralearn Software?

A: Before starting Intralearn Software, I held multiple “intrepreneurial” positions at Wang Laboratories and Data General. From 1991 to 1994, I helped to transition Wang into a software and services organization. I was at Data General from 1975 to 1991. While at DG, I launched a predecessor to the Web named Intellibook. I hold an M.B.A. from Nichols College and a B.S. in Computer Technology from Central New England College. My serial entrepreneurship extends into charitable work, including being an initial corporate sponsor of a new non-profit focused on the educational sector of NGOs. I am currently involved in a number of local and global social justice initiatives.

Q: Can you give us insights into your products?

A: The primary focus of our products is to provide online access to knowledge that might otherwise be more difficult to acquire. Our objective is making what we offer easy to use and affordable. We are not a content provider, so it gives us an opportunity to concentrate on the technology platform. Our products are highly configurable, allowing our customers to often match their own internal or external websites.

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Q: What advice do you have for early entrepreneurs who hope to scale up as quickly and successfully as you have?

A: Our scaling has been quite cyclical, which is one of the reasons for our continuous innovation, and without which we probably wouldn’t exist. Serial entrepreneurship takes the form of both moving from company-to-company and a more “intrapreneurial” style like I have adopted. In either case, strong perseverance is a necessary attribute. There are a lot more “no’s” than “yes’s,” especially when creating new ideas and concepts and developing it into a product or service. Personally, more than 90% of the ideas that I’ve had do not even make it to a presentation slide. When I was younger, I was fortunate to have a mentor who helped me appreciate some of the finer details of the creation process.

Q: What can we expect from Intralearn Software in the future?

A: There are a few areas that I’m quite excited about. We are working on Machine Learning as a way of providing intelligent searching and suggestions and related reference materials regarding ideas and knowledge. I am also intrigued by the rapid adoption and continuously developing standards of metadata (which is “data about the data) and how it might be used to quickly provide knowledge. For instance, we are rolling out a single browser extension code set that runs in a variety of browsers to access web metadata. Having our application be almost infinitely scalable, extensible, and able to integrate with other cloud applications gives us a platform for continuous innovation.

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